Feeds

The clog poppin' Darwin awards for 2000

The stupid people, and how they die

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

New Year tends to be a time of reflection, a time when we look back over the past year and take stock. So what better time to announce the list of people who have contributed most to humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool in the most innovative ways. Yes, it is time for the Darwin Awards.

This year among the winners we have the tragic case of a man who fell into his own wood chipper. He was trying to clear a jam, but failed to switch the power off before doing so. Or the very security conscious fellow who wired his garden fence with household current, only to electrocute himself as he reached for a ripe tomato. Surely a clear illustration of the dangers of DIY.

More dangerous even that DIY, of course, is drug use. Or at least in can be if a little intelligence is not applied to the situation. Having smoked a few joints, a couple fell asleep on the roof of the King Charles Inn in North Carolina. In his drug induced snooze-fest the man did not notice as his other half slid off the roof to her death, also apparently oblivious to her fate.

The trump card in the pack and more proof that drugs-will-kill-you is the case of the Human Popsicle. An Ohio truck driver was reported as "missing in action" by his employers. The police found his frozen body, head down among the broccoli pallets in the back of his truck. He has apparently slipped while reaching for a stash of cocaine.

There were obviously a large number of stupid deaths in 2000 since the Darwin Awards panel is still deliberating on the honourable mentions list, which will be out in late January.

Meanwhile, more Darwin Award nominees and recipients can be found at the Darwin Awards homepage. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.